Gregory E. Poling
President and Chief Executive Officer
Greg Poling is the first President and Chief Executive Officer of GCP Applied Technologies and is responsible for the company's three operating segments: Specialty Construction Chemicals, Specialty Building Materials, and Darex Packaging Technologies.
Before assuming leadership for the company Greg served as President and Chief Operating Officer of W. R. Grace & Co., the company from which GCP separated in 2016.
Greg's tenure with Grace began in 1977. He has held positions in sales, marketing, business development and general management across all of Grace's business segments. In 1999, he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of the company's silica products worldwide. In 2003, he was named President of the company's Specialty Materials business. In 2005, Greg became President of Grace Davison (one of the company's two operating segments at the time) and Vice President of W. R. Grace & Co. On November 3, 2011, Greg was elected Grace's President and Chief Operating Officer.
As President of Grace Davison, Greg managed revenue growth of 57%, from $1.4 billion in 2005 to $2.2 billion in 2011 [7.8% CAGR], and earnings growth of 248%, from $157 million to $547 million [23% CAGR]. He oversaw dozens of acquisitions as well as joint ventures and business restructurings that broadened the segment's portfolio, technological capabilities and global presence. Under his leadership, the company formed JVs and partnerships to expand refining technologies' capabilities and infrastructure, particularly in the growing emerging regions. The specialty catalysts business expanded from polyolefins to the high-growth industries of polypropylene and single-site catalysts. He oversaw acquisitions that added new materials capabilities. Greg created the company's current discovery sciences product line through a series of acquisitions and internal growth strategies.
Greg graduated from Denison University with a B.A. degree in History and has completed the MIT Sloan School of Management executive program and the Babson College entrepreneurial management program. He has served on the Board of Directors for Foamex Innovations, a privately-held producer of foam products for the healthcare, home, electronics, industrial, personal care and transportation industries.
Laurie D. Andriate
President, Darex Packaging Technologies
Laurie Andriate leads GCP's Darex Packaging Technologies segment, a leading global supplier of can sealants, closure sealants, can coatings and closure coatings to the packaged food and beverage industry based in Cambridge, MA.
Laurie joined W.R. Grace & Co. in 2006 as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Grace Performance Chemicals. In 2009, she was named Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Sciences. She served as Vice President and General Manager for Grace's Engineered Materials and Darex businesses from 2013-2015. In late 2015, she was named to lead Darex Packaging Technologies in preparation for the planned formation of GCP Applied Technologies.
Prior to joining grace, Laurie held senior positions at BASF and Eastman Chemical. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science from the University of Tennessee and a Master's degree in Textile Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Quality
Karen Ethier is responsible for GCP Applied Technologies worldwide environment, health and safety activities. This includes all aspects of product stewardship and quality systems. She is responsible for the health and safety of GCP’s 2800+ employees in 40 countries, as well as ensuring the safe and compliant operation of 65 manufacturing plants and technical sites around the world.
Prior to GCP, Karen was Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety for W.R. Grace & Co. She was with Grace for 12 years in several positions of increasing responsibility.
Prior to joining Grace, Karen spent 17 years in consulting roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers and TRC Environmental Corporation, providing management consulting services to improve their clients’ environment, health, and safety management systems, as well as providing technical expertise in air, soil, and groundwater testing and remediation. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Operations Technology from Northeastern University.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dean Freeman leads GCP's global finance and information technology functions, serving as an integral member of the company's leadership team.
Dean joined GCP in September 2015 to help lead the transition and separation of the company prior to its public launch in January 2016. He has strong experience leading financial operations for public companies and a solid track record of creating value for shareholders while providing world class service for customers of global businesses.
He previously was Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for Watts Water Technologies (NYSE: WTS), a global company serving the commercial and residential building industries, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He also held senior finance and treasury roles with Flowserve Corporation and Stanley Works Corporation, where he led its European financial organization. Prior experience included financial executive and management positions with United Technologies Corporation and SPX Corporation.
A U.S. Army veteran, Dean earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Virginia.
John “Jack” Kapples
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
John “Jack” Kapples leads the law department and oversees all aspects of corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and government relations for GCP Applied Technologies Inc.
Jack’s strong legal leadership helps create important growth opportunities. He has a proven record of managing large, complex, global businesses.
Jack contributes extensive legal and public company governance experience to the leadership team of GCP Applied Technologies. He began his career with a full-service law firm in Boston before moving to several senior level corporate roles. Previously, he was Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Covidien plc (now Medtronic), an $11 billion medical device company. Also, he served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Secretary of the Raytheon Company, a $20 billion global high-technology company focused on defense and other government markets.
Jack earned a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
President, Specialty Building Materials and Global Operations
Zain Mahmood provides GCP's Specialty Building Materials (SBM) business segment and its global Operations with proven leadership and vision gained from experience in diverse global industries.
Zain leads the Specialty Building Materials operating segment, a global leader in waterproofing technologies and No. 1 in pre-applied waterproofing. The segment's fireproofing and air and water barrier products and systems are utilized around the globe, with installations in some of the world's most notable structures.
He also leads global Operations for GCP Applied Technologies, with responsibility for the company's 70-plus manufacturing facilities as well as Supply Chain and Logistics.
Before joining the company in November 2015, he had achieved success as President and CEO at two companies—Demilec Inc. of Arlington, TX and Parkson Corporation of Fort Lauderdale, FL. At Demilec, he produced double digit revenue and earnings growth in the insulation and coatings industry over the previous two years. At Parkson, he led the transformation of a global water and wastewater equipment company by entering new global markets and acquiring adjacent technologies. His prior experience includes leadership positions at Johns Manville Corporation, and AlliedSignal (Honeywell).
Zain holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Master's Degree in Manufacturing Management from the University of Toledo. He also completed the Executive Development Program at Duke University.
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Kevin Holland leads GCP’s global human resources organization, overseeing all aspects of corporate and international HR functions for approximately 3,000 employees operating across six continents. He is responsible for developing our people, hiring new talent, and creating leading-edge management programs to grow the company, as well as building GCP’s high-performance, innovative culture.
Prior to joining GCP in 2017, Kevin spent over 20 years in human resources leadership positions within large global organizations. Most recently, he held the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for BrightStar Corporation, a $12 billion mobile technology services company. Formerly, he held positions as Chief People Officer at Chiquita Brands International and the Coors Brewing Company, as well as senior human resource roles at FedEx Kinko’s, Gateway and Abbott Laboratories.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rhode Island. A U.S. Army veteran, he served for 5 years in the United States and Germany, achieving the rank of Captain.
Naren B. Srinivasan
Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development
Naren Srinivasan leads GCP's global strategy and corporate development activities as well as communications and custom applications functions in Cambridge, MA.
Naren comes to GCP from The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), where he was Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Corporate Development. He also held senior strategy and corporate development roles at Meadwestvaco Corporation. His previous private equity experience includes UBS Investment Bank; Five Arrows Capital; Evercore Partners; and Dillon, Read & Co.
Naren received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and School of Arts & Sciences. He earned his MBA from the Columbia Business School in New York.